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    How to Enable or Disable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome

    How to Enable or Disable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome

    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    25 Jan 2022
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Enable or Disable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome


    The flag in this tutorial is no longer available in Google Chrome.



    Starting with Google Chrome 79, a new Tab Freeze feature has been added that will automatically pause (freeze) tabs when they have been inactive in the background for 5 minutes by default until you return to the tab.

    When Google Chrome freezes a tab, the web page open in the tab will no longer be active to stop its CPU usage and any actions the web page may be performing in the background until you return to the tab.

    Tab freezing can help to free up CPU and RAM (memory) resources and save battery life.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the Tab Freeze feature in Google Chrome for your account in Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.



    Here's How:

    1 Open Google Chrome.

    2 Copy and paste the link below into the address bar of Chrome, and press Enter.

    chrome://flags/#calculate-native-win-occlusion

    3 Select Default (same as enabled), Enabled, or Disable for what you want in the Calculate window occlusion on Windows drop menu. (see screenshot below)

    4 Click/tap on the Relaunch Now button at the bottom to apply

    How to Enable or Disable Tab Freezing in Google Chrome-google_chrome_occlusion_flag.png


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 176
    Windows 10 Pro. Version 10.0.19044 Build 19044
       #1

    @Brink

    Perhaps this needs an update as I am on version 90.0.4430.93 (Official Build) (64-bit) and things have changed.

    I have the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H with Radeon Graphics, 2900 Mhz, 8 Core(s), 16 Logical Processor(s)and 32GB of RAM,

    I do not want Tabs frozen at all.
    With the latest Chrome version, I do not know where to change the setting to not freeze the Tabs.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    theoldfarter said:
    @Brink

    Perhaps this needs an update as I am on version 90.0.4430.93 (Official Build) (64-bit) and things have changed.

    I have the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H with Radeon Graphics, 2900 Mhz, 8 Core(s), 16 Logical Processor(s)and 32GB of RAM,

    I do not want Tabs frozen at all.
    With the latest Chrome version, I do not know where to change the setting to not freeze the Tabs.
    Hello,

    It appears this experimental flag is no longer available.

    Tab Freezing is enabled by default now. There are not any settings to adjust for this, but tabs playing media will not freeze since they are technically active.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 176
    Windows 10 Pro. Version 10.0.19044 Build 19044
       #3

    OK. Thanks for that info.
    I just click on another tab and then return to the one that has been suspended and it is active again.
    It is a pity that experimental flag has been removed as I would have used it, just to see if there would have been any impact on my system.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #4

    The new solution to current tabs freezing during idle or sleep is to change the Chrome flag for occlusion from Default to Disabled. Hopefully that helps anyone else having this issue.
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 176
    Windows 10 Pro. Version 10.0.19044 Build 19044
       #5

    keiome said:
    The new solution to current tabs freezing during idle or sleep is to change the Chrome flag for occlusion from Default to Disabled. Hopefully that helps anyone else having this issue.
    Thanks. That is working for me. I have made a shortcut to this thread for if I ever need to change back.
    Mind you, the next update to Chrome may change things again. lol.
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    keiome said:
    The new solution to current tabs freezing during idle or sleep is to change the Chrome flag for occlusion from Default to Disabled. Hopefully that helps anyone else having this issue.
    Thank you, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    Tutorial now updated.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
       #7

    keiome said:
    The new solution to current tabs freezing during idle or sleep is to change the Chrome flag for occlusion from Default to Disabled. Hopefully that helps anyone else having this issue.
    I was thrown a little when the flag for tab freezing turned out to be occlusion and doesn't mention timing out. I wasn't sure how changing this flag effected freezing. I *pretty* sure I got, but for the sake of redundancy's sake, it's: Enable/Default will allow freezing; Disable will stop freezing, right?

    BTW, I'm on 90.0.4430.212 (Win 10 Home 20h2), and the flag is there.
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 61,585
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    tjggriffin said:
    I was thrown a little when the flag for tab freezing turned out to be occlusion and doesn't mention timing out. I wasn't sure how changing this flag effected freezing. I *pretty* sure I got, but for the sake of redundancy's sake, it's: Enable/Default will allow freezing; Disable will stop freezing, right?

    BTW, I'm on 90.0.4430.212 (Win 10 Home 20h2), and the flag is there.
    Hello,

    Correct. Only setting it to "Disabled" will stop tab freezing.
      My Computers


  9. Posts : 3
    Windows 10 Home
       #9

    Brink said:
    Hello,

    Correct. Only setting it to "Disabled" will stop tab freezing.
    Excellent, Thanks!
      My Computer


 

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